24/25.03.1944 No. 427 Squadron Halifax III LW577 ZL-K Fl/Sgt. Stanley G. Dowdell
Date: 24/25th March 1944 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 427 Squadron
Type: Halifax MkIII
Serial No: LW577
Base: RAF Leeming, Yorkshire
Location: Ahlen, Germany
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Stanley Geddes Dowdell J/85604 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. J. Nescom 1590417 RAF PoW Nr. 4015 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
Nav: F/O. George Ian MacKay J/22602 Age 24 RCAF Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Olavi Leonard Jackson J/25847 RCAF Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harry Cyril Webb 1578041 RAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin Joseph Halbert J/88712 RCAF Age 18. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Joseph Lozo R/190666 RCAF PoW Nr. 4003 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
REASON FOR LOSS:
Take-off 18.45 Hrs. One of 3 aircraft lost on this raid from 427 Squadron. This aircraft LW577 was on its home run when it was probably shot down by flak, crashing in the vicinity of Ahlen, a town N.E. of the Ruhr, straddling the River Werse Germany.
L to R : P/O. Dowdell, P/O. MacKay, F/O. Jackson, Sgt. Webb, Sgt. Nesom, P/O. Halbert, Sgt. Lozo (courtesy Michel Beckers)
F/O. Mackay RCAF and F/O. Jackson RCAF, were buried 29th March 1944 at Ahlen. It is reported that the others killed were buried at Werne 25th March 1944. Their graves are now located, all together, at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Fl/Sgt. (Later P/O.) Stanley Geddes Dowdell. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.3. Son of Fred W. and Edith M. Dowdell, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
F/O. George Ian MacKay. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.4. Son of John Alexander Mackay and Janet Sarah Mackay, of Port Nelson, Ontario, Canada.
F/O. Olavi Leonard Jackson. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.2, From Haney, British Columbia, Canada. No other details, are you able to assist?
Sgt. Harry Cyril Webb. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.6. Son of Howard Albert and Mary Adalaide Webb, of Vauxhall, Warwickshire.
Sgt. (Later P/O.) Edwin Joseph Halbert. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.5. Son of John Arthur and Martha Halbert, of Thornton, Ontario, Canada.
Researched by Michel Beckers 427 Historical Unit for Aircrew Remembered in remembrance of the crew lost.